Battle Creek Alliance
PO Box 225
Montgomery Creek, CA 96065
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Protect CA Watersheds & Forests as if your life depends on it.
Because IT DOES

The Battle Creek Alliance is dedicated to protecting the public trust resources of water, air, soil and wildlife, protecting diversity and raising public awareness through education.

It just doesn't make any sense to continue clearcutting the watersheds of California during ongoing drought and climate change.
Yet, the timber industry and the regulatory agencies continue on this deadly path, with no questions asked about the damage to the natural world which supports all life.

There are a number of companies clearcutting in California. Our focus is the Battle Creek watershed,  just west of Lassen Park in Shasta and Tehama Counties, although we also work on stopping clearcutting throughout the state.
Battle Creek watershed is one example of the many watersheds that are being irreversibly impacted.

"What you destroy today, you might regret tomorrow" Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum

"Better to not destroy it, and have no regrets"
Battle Creek Alliance


from Skovbo ©Viggo Mortensen/Perceval Press

Water + Air + Soil + Climate = LIFE
Clearcutting Impacts Them All

  A clearcut up close. Multiply this by hundreds or thousands when looking at the aerial images.

Battle Creek in the news:

  See our TV ads here and here 
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"Clearcut Nation"
Our documentary about the destruction of CA watersheds

Our 2 min. video for Free Speech TV 2015 here

Our YouTube channel here
Analysis of our Water Monitoring Data by statistical hydrologist Jack Lewis, Sept. 2014 here

This report concluded:
The average change in turbidity for a watershed that
has been 30% cut is +200% and, for a watershed that has been 90% cut it is 3000%. These changes, which are
far in excess of the Water Board's Turbidity Standard for the Central Valley region (see Addendum), are
unlikely to have been caused by factors other than harvesting, fire, salvage logging, and associated road use.

Photos of plants and animals in areas which have not been impacted by clearcutting/salvage logging, 2014

Video: Fire Ecologist Discussion

2 min. video to Board of Forestry, June, 2013

White Paper: Intro to Clearcutting May, 2013

Derrick Jensen interview March, 2013

Forests Born of Fire video Feb. 2013

Op-ed, Rural Fire Tax & Lumber Tax, January, 2013

Video: Occupy the Board of Forestry

Hydrologist Report 7/12

Taxpayers Carry $18 million for Timber Industry

Sacramento Bee: Troubled Waters of Battle Creek

Bee Editorial: Governor Needs to Keep Pledge

Courtesy of Jesse Springer,

The aerial image below shows what the Battle Creek watershed west of Lassen Volcanic Nat'l Park looked like in the late 90s, before the start of the excessive clearcutting that began in 1998.

The next satellite image shows the same area in 2012.
Each brown hole is a clearcut of between 14 and 27 acres.
Highway 44 on the north and Highway 36 on the south are the approximate boundaries of the Battle Creek watershed.

The image above shows nearly 20,000 acres of clearcuts from 16 different timber harvest plans in the Manton and Shingletown area, and additional clearcuts in the surrounding watersheds.

In August 2012, the Ponderosa Fire burned much of the industrial timberland and the homes that were on the edge of it. The image below shows the fire boundary, the previously cut units, and the in-process and proposed units.

  Sierra Pacific Industries  (SPI) owns this land as well as nearly 2 million acres of the industrial timberland in the state.  SPI has already cut, or has plans to cut, the majority of those acres. There are other companies clearcutting too.
By law, the cumulative impacts of
interrelated, adjacent projects must be analyzed. Yet, by subdividing the watershed into 9 "subwatersheds" each of the 16 timber harvest plans has been evaluated as if it were the only project.
This is illegal as well as ecologically disastrous.

SPI's self-expressed plans are to return in 5 to 10 years to cut the
biodiverse forests that remain between the clearcuts, and turn them into more monoculture tree plantations. This is being allowed to happen in watersheds throughout California.
Go to our "What you can do" page to contact Governor Jerry Brown and Secretary of N
atural Resources John Laird about this destruction.

In the aftermath of the Ponderosa fire, the land has been further decimated by salvage logging:

The following image shows a creek during a rainstorm above the salvage logging in March, 2013 (as of 2015 these impacts continue):

The following image is a creek below the salvage logging on the same day in the same storm:

Battle Creek is one of the largest tributaries of the Sacramento River and one of the few places left for wild run salmon.

The Chinook Salmon population has been declining rapidly. The $125 millon Salmon Restoration Project is downstream of the pictured clearcuts. Lassen National Forest and Park are just east of here.
To view a scrollable map of the clear cutting throughout the Sierra Nevada range go to: 
See more Google Earth images on our

Google images page

Deforestation is a major cause of climate disruption. The US has lost a higher percentage of its forest cover than either Canada or Brazil.

Clearcutting and the subsequent herbicide use
have obvious impacts on endangered and threatened species, but they affect all species, including our own.

Animals found in California forests include: porcupines, bald eagles, wolverines and red fox. Due to the many changes to habitat, these species and many others are struggling for survival.

Clearcutting and the use of heavy equipment and all of the activities associated with it, as well as herbicide use before and after logging to kill native vegetation, depletes and destroys the soil.  Aside from the negative effects of compaction and erosion, roads are the largest cause of sediment deposits in streams. Sedimentation has a detrimental effect on water quality and aquatic wildlife.

The difference between a forest and a tree plantation:

Above: The remaining acres between 2 clearcut units. By law, this can be cut 5 years after the completion of the earlier clearcuts.
Below: The 2 year old replanted trees in one of the adjacent units that had been clearcut.

Clear cutting uses smaller crews as does automation of mills, thereby costing jobs.  Job losses to automation far exceed any due to environmental protection requirements.

This huge modern tree killer is called a feller-buncher.
It kills jobs also, using 1 person in the place of a crew of 5 or more, an 80% loss of jobs.

Clearcutting is currently legal on private land, but while private rights are important, they can not be at the expense of the majority of the people's needs, health and welfare. 
California state laws provide that the water, air, fish, and wildlife belong to all the citizens of the state.

Many species of animals on the ground and in the air, including this Golden Eagle, need mature forests to live in.
Estimates for the amount of Old Growth remaining: 1-3%
Age when forests start exhibiting old growth characteristics: 200+ years
SPI's length of rotations between timber harvests: 50 - 80 years
Possibility of any plantations becoming old growth: 0%

Thousand Lakes Wilderness. Clearcutting and plantation conversion means that no trees will ever have enough time to grow this large. The old growth from the past is almost gone and the middle- aged growth that could become old growth someday is being cut long before it can achieve that.

Funding generously provided by: The Rose Foundation, California Wildlands Grassroots Fund and  Fund for Wild Nature
Your tax-deductible contributions will help our work to save
California's forests from deforestation. 
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Our goal
is to ensure that the true environmental impacts are being analyzed. With this analysis, permanent damage to the resources that belong to everyone can be averted. 
For the present, for the future.

Aerial view of Lassen clear cuts. 
Lassen Volcanic National Park is at the top of the photo.

Mail checks to: SOL, Inc.
PO Box 225

Montgomery Creek, CA 96065
Signal of Love, Inc is a 501 (c) (3)

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